Since then, we had met in Tokyo, and followed each other's work very closely. This year, Gilda asked me to illustrate for her runway collection. We had previously worked on a mini scarf collaboration, but this was going to be a much bigger project. I worked from my Tokyo apartment, and sent her several different characters, doodles, and sketches which were directed by Gilda's vision, concept, and inspiration, and then printed and tested with fabrics that were later made into major pieces of the collection.
For this season, Gilda was inspired by "Club Kids" from the 1980s until now, and their extreme form of using fashion as personal expression...But I will leave more of Gilda's inspiration to the amazing write up she posted HERE on her revasseur official facebook page. (You can see all of the runway pictures there too, but here is a preview, and the write up as well.)
CLUB KIDS printemps/ete 2014 (all by Gilda Su of revasseur)
"The idea for REVASSEUR’S Spring Summer 2014 collection came about when designer, Gilda Su, met with some new and old friends from New York, who had been invited to Singapore to present at the Social Star Awards 2013. Known as the Club Kids, they are part of a group of unique characters who are invited to add excitement to clubs all over New York.
For 3 of the 4 years that Gilda was living in New York, she had interned and later freelanced under Patricia Field’s House of Field, and had gotten to know many of these colourful personalities. It was an introduction to an underground universe that was vibrant, and covered in sequins, and although she was probably the least dressed up and made up, she felt at home. Having chosen a very different path from her friends in Singapore, having felt constricted and pushed into a cookie-cutter at schools, it was a breathe of fresh air for her to experience people who never batted an eyelash and accepted her for whatever she was.
After returning to Singapore almost 2 years ago, Gilda was starting to feel suffocated, stressed, and confused about her path. Luckily for her, she had gotten to know two rather special people in Singapore, Bobby and Ritz of Butter Factory, who are two of the funniest and outrageously dressed people she has met. However, the difficulties of breaking into the Singapore fashion market with her style of clothes, was starting to take its toll.
At that moment, meeting up with some Club Kids from New York, reminded her of the fun and laughter she had experienced while in New York. She was in awe of their shocking, out of this world, over the top costumes, and once again received a reminder to ignore the naysayers, and do what she loved.
And so came about her collection for Spring Summer 2014. A colourful collection with prints and shapes that isn’t made for Society, but for like-minded strong, vibrant, and fun-loving people. With some show pieces, these are translated into more wearable pieces, as well as highly contrasting black and white versions for the less adventurous. Working closely with illustratorBrandon Reierson of Lactose Intoler-Art, they picked some of the most interesting and colourful nightlife characters, and Brandon brought them to life through his art. Gilda then worked on their layout and created one of a kind prints that are a highlight in this cheeky collection. While nowhere near as avant garde as the real Club Kids, this collection is a celebration of life, an acceptance of oneself, and done in REVASSEUR’s signature quirky style, that will be sure to delight fans.
big thank yous go out to my assistants, Zoul Zolkarnaen and Christine Lee for slaving their nights away, Vicky Jiyun Lyoo and her team of assistants Katy Kyung-Min Kim for all the support they have given to us, Bobby Luo from The Butter Factory for mixing this amazing runway track, AB Soto for all the energy i needed in a runway song, and Brandon Reierson for helping with the illustrations and giving me exactly what i wanted!!"